Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Topless In New Hampshire: Crime Or Gender Discrimination?

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has affirmed three public nudity convictions. Defendant Pierro The following facts are drawn from the trial court’s order on the defendants’ motion to dismiss or are otherwise supported by the record. On May 28, 2016,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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The Quiet Lawyer

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has posted a complaint alleging that an attorney engaged in misconduct by, among other things, refusing to participate in his client's criminal trial. The allegations of the Erie County Bar Association include a number….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Pohland Sprung

A former assistant attorney general's conviction for official misconduct was reversed by the Alaska Court of Appeals We previously reported that the attorney was disbarred in Alaska and Pennsylvania for shoplifting shoes. Here Erin A. Pohland, a former assistant attorney….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Super Bowl Commercials for Lawyers

Forget the billboard wars. The battle for the best (and worst) lawyer Super Bowl commercials is upon us. A handful of law firms, especially within the realm of personal injury law, will once again compete for that “Best Lawyer Super Bowl Commercial” title. Why Make a Super Bowl Commercial? A lot of the hype around producing a Super Bowl commercial for a law firm is less about appearing on TV and more about parlaying big event exposure into prolonged YouTube engagement and views. These are the heavy hitters that are pouring in $100,000 plus to produce an ad — and finding a budget for airtime, too. But let’s remember, these lawyers aren’t just seeking to build on a new or existing TV and online lawyer persona. They are looking to appeal to those clients who will only be captured and reeled in by the louder, the faster and the funnier. And as you might have gathered, it doesn’t have to be “good” to get you remembered. (Read….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Michaels on Abstract Innovation, Virtual Ideas, and Artificial Legal Thought @UHLAW

Andrew C. Michaels, University of Houston Law Center, is publishing Abstract Innovation, Virtual Ideas, and Artificial Legal Thought in volume 14 of the Maryland Journal of Business & Technology Law. Here is the abstract. In a culture of tech-triumphalism, it is often assumed that advances in technology are "making the world a better place," though in reality technology can have both positive and negative effects. This article explores how technology could change the way we think (or don't think) about law, and whether such changes would be beneficial. Part I uses the novel Ready Player One to consider how virtual reality technology might distract people from reality. Considering a hypothetical patent on a virtual reality idea from the novel, Part II discusses the evolving law of patentable subject matter and abstract ideas. Part III considers predictions that legal thought of the type done in the previous part will become automated, and then considers some….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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